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Justin Morneau | First Baseman

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/15/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the Rockies' win over the Dodgers Tuesday.
Morneau drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning, singling and scoring in the sixth. He later doubled and scored in the eighth as well, his first double since late August as he's managed an intercostal injury. Morneau is looking to finish strong after a really nice rebound year for the 33-year-old, who is hitting .316/.361/.486 with 73 RBI. Sep 17 - 12:12 AM

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Justin Morneau (intercostal) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Morneau exited Friday's game with left intercostal soreness, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is hitting .315 on the year, just two points behind Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the National League lead.
Sep 15 - 4:46 PM

Justin Morneau (intercostal) is expected to return to the lineup soon.

Morneau exited Friday's game with what the Rockies called left intercostal soreness, but trainer Keith Dugger admitted Saturday that the club was "not 100 percent sure it's an intercostal (injury). It's kind of sore behind his left lat. He just has a little soreness. It's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness. We aren't overly concerned, but we want to make sure he's right before we send him out there." Ben Paulsen started at first base Saturday and should remain there until Morneau is ready.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 14 - 10:35 AM

Justin Morneau was removed from Friday's game against the Cardinals due to left side intercostal soreness.

Morneau is considered day-to-day and should return to the Rockies lineup at some point over the weekend. He is enjoying a fine season at the dish, slashing .315/.359/.485 with 15 homers and 72 RBI in 124 contests.
Sep 13 - 12:41 AM

Justin Morneau is not in Monday's lineup against the Mets.

He's presumably getting the night off. Michael Cuddyer will make the start at first base Monday and is likely being eased back into action after his hamstring strain.
Sep 8 - 5:42 PM

Justin Morneau went 4-for-6 and hit his 15th homer Saturday in the Rockies' 7-6 win over the Padres.

Drew Stubbs singled through a five-man infield to win the game in the 12th. Morneau upped his average to .314 with the performance, while teammate Corey Dickerson went 3-for-6 and stands at .313. Those two are very much in the running for the batting title with Josh Harrison (.315), Ben Revere (.314) and Buster Posey (.310). Dickerson, though, is iffy to finish with enough plate appearances to qualify.
Sep 7 - 1:18 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Brewers claimed first baseman Justin Morneau off waivers but were unable to work out a trade with the Rockies.

Morneau would have been a huge addition for the current National League Central leaders, but the Brewers don't have many intriguing pieces in their farm system and the Rockies were probably seeking a significant return given that Morneau is under contract through 2015 with a team-friendly option for 2016. Morneau, 33, is batting .317/.360/.500 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season for Colorado.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 9:27 AM

Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

The Home Run Derby participant has only one homer in the second half, but has elevated the rest of his game to such a degree that he's actually been more valuable post-break than he was beforehand. Morneau is slashing .338/.413/.488 in the second half. If more of those doubles start landing over the fence, Morneau could have one monster stretch left in him this year. The veteran first baseman boasts a .317/.360/.500 batting line with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season.
Aug 28 - 1:25 AM

Justin Morneau hit his 14th home run in Friday's tilt with the Marlins.

Morneau finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two with his third inning homer off of Henderson Alvarez. It was Morneau's first home run since the All Star break. Despite the lack of dingers in the second half of the season, Morneau actually has bettered his slashes across the board in the second half. Since the break, he's been hitting .353/.443/.515. The Rocky Mountain air is doing him well.
Aug 23 - 2:57 AM

Justin Morneau (neck) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals.

Morneau missed a few games with a lingering neck injury. He is starting at first base and batting third for the Rockies against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Aug 19 - 4:50 PM

Justin Morneau (neck) was a late scratch from the Rockies' lineup Saturday versus the Reds.

Morneau missed time in July with a neck strain, and the injury is still bothering him here in mid-August. The veteran could see more time off down the stretch.
Aug 16 - 6:45 PM

Rockies activated 1B Justin Morneau from the 15-day disabled list.

Morneau missed the minimum amount of time with a mild neck strain. The veteran first baseman boasts a .312/.345/.502 batting line with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 89 games this season. It's been a resurgent year for Morneau, and the strong production should continue down the stretch (with the help of Coors Field).
Jul 29 - 4:48 PM

Justin Morneau (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

He's currently slated to play two games before being activated Wednesday, but it's possible he'll talk his way into being activated Tuesday if things go well Monday. Morneau has missed the last couple weeks with a strained neck but appears to be over the ailment. He's hitting .312/.345/.502 with 13 homers and 60 RBI over 89 games this season.
Jul 27 - 1:03 PM

Justin Morneau (neck) took batting practice Saturday.

Morneau has been out since July 21 with a neck strain and this was his first batting practice session since being placed on the disabled list. He will be eligible to return to the active roster as soon as Tuesday, but his absence will likely extend into August.
Jul 26 - 9:33 PM

Rockies placed 1B Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain.

Morneau missed the entire weekend series against the Pirates and will now get some extended rest. The Rockies have called up Ben Paulsen to take his place on the active roster.
Jul 21 - 4:53 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilin Rosario
2Michael McKenry
3Jackson Williams
1B1Justin Morneau
2Ben Paulsen
3Matt McBride
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Josh Rutledge
3Rafael Ynoa
4Cristhian Adames
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Kyle Parker
CF1Drew Stubbs
2Brandon Barnes
RF1Charlie Blackmon
2Michael Cuddyer
3Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Jordan Lyles
3Christian Bergman
4Tyler Matzek
5Yohan Flande
6Eddie Butler
7Jhoulys Chacin
8Brett Anderson
9Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1LaTroy Hawkins
2Rex Brothers
3Adam Ottavino
4Matt Belisle
5Boone Logan
6Brooks Brown
7Nick Masset
8Juan Nicasio
9Christian Friedrich
10Rob Scahill
11Franklin Morales